Female supporters try to restrain their companion after a fisticuff resulted in police firing warning shots at Sugod Elementary School in Tugaya town, Lanao del Sur on Election day, Oct. 28. (MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo)

Polls held in 87 Lanao Sur villages; election officers remain ‘missing’

Cagayan de Oro City–Elections in 87 barangays in Lanao del Sur continued today, but the problem of disappearing election officers and municipal treasurers persisted prompting the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the voting until Wednesday.

Atty. Ray Sumalipao, Comelec regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said he already replaced the election officers from Buadipuso and Masiu towns for abandonment of post.

“Until today, these two election officers have not reported to us. This is highly irregular,” Sumalipao said.

He said he had directed to continue the holding of elections for 21 villages in Buadipuso and Masiu on Wednesday.

Tomorrow marks the third day of voting in Lanao del Sur which was marred by fistfights between supporters of rival candidates and shooting incidents.

Comelec postponed the elections in the 87 villages after the ballots failed to arrive on time after the local election officers and treasurers went missing on election day.

Col. Glen Macasero, head of the Army 103rd Infantry Brigade said another political supporter was gunned down in Tamparan town Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of election-related killings in the province to two.

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